Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring Projects

Spring is a time of transformation when all things seem fresh and new again. It’s a natural time to appreciate life; to celebrate hope and to focus on our faith, values and philosophies. It’s also the perfect season to surround loved ones with the Heritage Makers products that celebrate spring and inspire renewed commitment to faith and family.

Celebrating Life
It’s no coincidence that Easter motifs include fluffy chicks, baby bunnies and other symbols of rebirth and renewal. Acknowledged with a little thought and explanation, their presence magnifies other inspirational or faith-focused celebrations of spring.

For the cutest display of spring flowers and fluffy chicks, join Sandra Dovre’s “Happy Easter Décor,” playing cards together with ribbon to make a concertina style table decoration (see bottom of photo below) or tie together to form a banner that reads “Happy Easter.” In the Template Gallery as template 56768, it brings a welcome touch of spring color and a reminder of the promise of the season to your Easter décor. Instructions for assembly are included inside the template.

Filled with Easter grass and goodies, template 54590, “Bright Easter Bucket, by Lynda Angelastro is sure to bring smiles on Easter morning. Personalize the project with your children’s names, then glue labels on the front and lid of two, gallon-size, clear plastic pails for personalized baskets or containers for the Easter Egg Hunt. Use green, gold and white netting or tulle instead of ribbon to decorate the handles of your Easter buckets. Template eggs can be glued anywhere. If you’re in charge of the Easter Egg Hunt, write grand prize information on back of cut-out eggs, place inside plastic ones and hide as part of the hunt.

Use Roxanne Buchholz’ “Lil Easter Chick” card, made from a 7x5 Invitation, template 56188, for an Easter Greeting or as the title photo in a 7 x 5 frame collage. This popular way of decorating combines photos and word or title art. Jill Means also has several 7 x 5 invitations designed to do such dual duty. The one shown above is template 69839, “Framed Holidays – Easter.”

If family and friends are far away, send Easter greetings. Two of our newest are shown here. “HM Easter Basket Thoughts“ by Roxanne Buchholz, template 79442 is an 8 x 4 photo card with a plain white back ready for your handwritten message. “We are Blessed Note Card” is from Sandra Dovre. It’s a 5 x 7 invitation, template 56590, that says “We are blessed” on the front and “We hope you are too” on the inside. For more ways to celebrate spring, check out the Heritage Makers Template Gallery.

Focusing on Faith
Spring is a good time to fill your home with uplifting décor that emphasizes your family’s hopes and values. “Peace,” template 54586, and “Faith,” template 45070, both 20 x 20 canvases by Tanja Rigby are matching statements of faith from the Old Testament that can be coordinated to fit your home’s color scheme.

“1 Timothy 4:12,” template 12723 is a 12 x 12 scrap page design by Penny Hughes. The template makes four 6 x 6 squares which can be mounted on ceramic tiles and displayed in your home or given as gifts. Or, try a self-adhesive laminate vinyl tile. While they typically come only in 12 x 12, the front face can be scored firmly with a craft knife and then bend the tile break it cleanly.

One of our most popular statements of faith is “Serve the Lord 1” by HM Signature Templates. It’s a 20 x 8 canvas, template 51770, and the background paper can be changed easily to fit your décor.

If Passover is the spring holiday you’re celebrating, send a personalized greeting or set your table with custom placemats designed to commemorate the story of the festival and its message of hope, redemption and faith. Cards shown here are “Passover Blessings,” 54577, and “Passover Blessings and Joy,” 54579 both 5 x 7 greeting cards by Tanja Rigby.

Tanja also designed this “Passover Placemat.” It’s a 14 x 11 poster, template 54587. Personalize with every young family member’s name and choose to add UV coating box at checkout for spill protection to make after-meal clean up a cinch.

Love and Inspiration
Some home décor items are just a way to say “I love you.” Others set the tone for a home where love and respect are honored and cherished as these two 8 x 8 canvases show. Send a custom canvas to Grandma to let her know you wish she werecelebrating with you this year. “Some Bunny Loves You’ is by Tanja Rigby and is template 30742. “Inspirational Family Quote Small Color” by Lynda Angelastro is template 41965 and designed to be customized to your family’s décor. Easy instructions for color customization are included inside the template.

Spring is also a time for graduations and graduation gifts. Remind your son or daughter that dreams really can come true by making this ready-in-an-instant canvas from Tanja Rigby.
A wonderful graduation gift, “Dream” is an affirming quote from Walt Disney, suitable for family room, dorm or den. Leave as is or take five minutes and change the colors to match his or her décor. “Dream” is a generous size, 18 x 18 deep canvas and can be found by entering 45179 in the Template Gallery search engine.

Two 16 x 20 canvases that put family and values on the wall are “Season Series—Spring” by Jill Means, template 41482 and “HM Number of Breaths” by Roxanne Buchholz, template 62388.

And, let’s close with a 12 x 12 scrapbook page, also designed to be mounted on tile, whose wisdom inspires no matter what your faith tradition. In neutral tones, “Jewish Proverb” by Lynda Angelastro is template 52730.

Celebrate Spring Your Way
Use the Template Gallery's single-word search with terms like “spring,” “Easter,” “Passover,” “Bible,” “quote” or “family” to find hundreds of projects to lift and inspire this springtime. Heritage Makers brings you so many ways to reverence life, to celebrate hope and to focus on your values. You’ll find it easy to be inspired this spring and all year long.

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